“Retirement, a time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked.”
– Catherine Pulsifer, Author.
These words of Catherine Pulsifer explain the beauty of this stage in life. You are not longer obligated to wake up early, rush to get to the office, meet deadlines, or deal with family responsibilities. You have spent your whole life working hard and giving to those around you - your partner, your family, your friends, your community. Now is the time to enjoy this golden phase and fall into this relaxed, healthy, and secure lifestyle. Independent living communities provide all of these and more.
Many people seem to shy away from the idea of living in an independent living community. Their minds have been made up based on common misconceptions. Not wanting you or your loved ones to miss out on an amazing life, we are going to debunk some of these popular myths that may have misled you into thinking these communities are not suitable places to spend this phase of life.
Debunking the Myths
I am going to lose my independence! Not to mention my privacy!
This is so far from the truth! In fact, many would argue that by moving into an independent living community, you gain independence. This myth often arises from the fact that there is a wide spectrum of senior living communities. This ranges from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing, all of which are vastly different.
Independent living communities allow you to maintain your quality of life and independence while providing peace of mind. You get to enjoy housekeeping and maintenance and having your meals prepared for you and the freedom to choose how you spend your day. The services available at independent living communities are there to allow you to enjoy your retirement and make your life easier.
There is no way I can afford that.
There is no simple answer to this. When it comes to retirement and how you choose to live, there are a lot of things to consider. Depending on where you retire, your costs may vary. At an independent living community, you have a flat monthly fee. There are no hidden costs, no taxes, no mortgage, and no utility bills. See for yourself with our Affordability Calculator - compare the cost of living at home versus an all-inclusive independent living community lifestyle.
Hospital food for the rest of my life? No thanks.
Whoever is spreading this rumour has clearly never stopped by Meadowbrook for dessert! Our chef, Darcy Clark, has worked his culinary magic for over 25 years in a variety of establishments. The meals are cooked in-house from scratch, right down to our soup stocks and freshly baked loaves of bread. Darcy’s diverse background translates into a truly varied and exciting menu choice for our residents. Independent living communities not only prioritize taste, but also nutrition. Meals are planned to meet your lifestyle and dietary needs. A wide variety of nutritional meals are available, ensuring that you live your healthiest life. I know that whenever I visited my late-grandmother, I ate like a queen!
A nursing home? Sounds like a synonym for lonely and dull.
First of all, we are not a nursing home! Independent living communities provide opportunities to socialize, connect, and thrive with other vibrant, like-minded people. This is an opportunity to make new friends, build connections, and enjoy life. You can choose to participate as much or as little as you would like. There are physical activities as well as intellectual, creative, and social activities. These are the golden years - enjoy them!
My family isn't going to come visit me in there.
As someone who often went and visited my grandmother, this scenario is highly unlikely! Independent living communities are extremely visitor-friendly and often have guest suites available. Common areas and spacious suites provide ample room to entertain and visit. Just because you move homes doesn't mean your social life has to stop! It is actually the opposite, as many residents find that their social lives become richer once they move into these communities. Besides, with all the activities and events that our facilities have to offer, your friends and family aren't going to want to leave!
But I'm healthy and active. Why would I move into a facility?
Independent living communities provide a space for residents of various needs and abilities. Many chose to move simply based on the fact that they would like to live a convenient, healthy, and carefree lifestyle! In independent living, you are still in control of your choices.
Still not convinced? Come and see quality independent living communities for yourself! Check out the beautiful suites, thoughtfully landscaped gardens, and stay for a 3-course meal. We currently run Meadowbrook and are in the process of building a new facility, Meadowlane.